Played For Both Sides: Mick Harford

Last updated : 22 January 2004 By Brian Cartlidge

Born in Sunderland on 12th February 1959, Harford scored more than 70 goals for his school team and had trials with his hometown club and Newcastle Utd before he joined Lincoln City as a professional in July 1977.

After three-and-a-half seasons at Sincil Bank Harford joined Newcastle for £200,000 in December 1980 but just eight months later he left St. James' Park for Bristol City for £160,000.

Manager at the time Ron Saunders signed Harford for Blues in March 1982 from the Robins for £100,000 although the fee went to Newcastle United who were still owed that ammount of money by Bristol City.

His goal ratio at St. Andrews was almost a goal every three games - 33 goals in 109 appearances.

With Blues relegated to the then second division Harford moved to Luton Town in December 1984 for £250,000.

He then played in turn for Derby County (Jan 1990-Sept 1991), Luton again (sept 1991-Aug 1992), Chelsea (Aug 1992-Mar 1993), Sunderland (Mar 1993-July 1993), Coventry (July 1993-Aug 1994) before finally moving to Wimbledon in August 1994 until May 1997. His transfer fees totalling just over a quarter of a million pounds.

Harford was capped twice at senior level for England and won a League Cup winners medal in 1998 while at Luton Town.

From 1997 onwards Harford was coach, assistant manager and even caretaker boss for a while at Wimbledon before moving on to coach Luton Town where he is, at the present time, first team coach and Director of Football.